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Payson council candidates contend in low-key runoff

They campaigned next to each other in the primary on the Voice of Rim Country ticket, but when they both ended up in a one-seat runoff, they both declared they’d be happy no matter which one wins a seat on the Payson Town Council.

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What the override money covers

Currently, the $1.2 million contributed by the override tax pays for 22 teachers in the Payson Unified School District. That amounts to 15 percent of the teaching staff.

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Override boosts local economy

The $14.6 million Payson Unified School District maintenance and operations (M&O) budget buoys the local economy by employing 300 people who buy and rent homes, spend on local supplies, health care and construction, and purchase food at regional restaurants and stores.

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Genial Payson School Board race poses stark choices

The Payson Unified School District Board race, pits Sheila DeSchaaf, a town planner, Angie Prock, an occupational therapist, and Darlene Younker, a retired facilities manager, against each other for two seats.

Dark money corrupts

The billows of dark money have shrouded the political battlefield, rolling over friend and foe, Republican and Democrat, like clouds of toxic mustard gas.

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Goddard vows to shine light on dark money

Wants secretary of state’s office to push for more disclosure

Secretary of state candidate Terry Goddard brought his crusade against political “dark money” to Rim Country Thursday, with a local radio show appearance and interview.

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Pine pulses with Fall Apple Festival, chili fest

The pulsating vibe surrounding the Seventh Annual Fall Apple Festival, chili cook-off and antique show pleasantly surprised some first visitors to Pine.

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Vote your mail-in ballots

On Thursday, Oct. 9 the ballots for the General Election culminating on Tuesday, Nov. 4 were mailed out.

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A family’s heartbreaking tragedy inspires their lifesaving effort

In July, DJ Jacobs and Mackenzie Tyler came to Rim Country to hold a memorial for their son, Easton, who had died at just seven days old.

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Lobos roll over Longhorns 65-27

Payson entered Friday night’s football game against visiting Snowflake tied with the Lobos for first place in the Division 4 Section 5 standings.

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IRS phone scam alleges tax debt

Police are warning residents about a new scam. Callers claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service have phoned several Rim Country homeowners this week saying they owe back taxes.

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Love letters reading in Young

The annual benefit for the Pleasant Valley Historical Society features a reading of love letters between the first governor of Arizona and the woman he courted for 14 years — the daughter of a Rim Country pioneer.

Supply Line kept the faith

Sometimes these days, the front line seems impossibly far from the home front.

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‘The Belle of Broadway’ comes to Payson

Susan Egan has been nicknamed “the Belle of Broadway” for her renowned performance as Belle in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” and she is sharing her talents with Rim Country residents and visitors at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 19.

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End of tour

Payson Supply Line ends decade of service to soldiers

The Payson Supply Line will officially close its doors at the end of 2014, ending the shipment of “care” packages to active duty military in Mideast war zones as of Oct. 25.

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Autumn storm puts damper on Hellsgate event

The Village

The lightning and thunderstorm last Thursday evening resulted in a downpour.

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There’s always a good time somewhere

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek is three miles west of Colcord Road, which winds for about 10 miles through ponderosa pine and oak trees beneath the awe-inspiring Mogollon Rim.

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Grueling search, grisly discovery

After eight days of searching more than 14 hours a day both from the sky and on foot through rocky, heavily wooded terrain, volunteers Wednesday morning found the body of a missing Valley man.

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Fall is a favorite time in Rim Country

DJ's Music Trivia

“It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” was first recorded by pop singer Andy Williams on his Christmas Album in 1963 and later covered in 1986 by crooner Johnny Mathis on his own Christmas album.

Letter writer mistaken about Democrats

This is directed at a recent letter claiming Democrats are a growing class of parasites? I thought we had gotten beyond the name calling a while back, but obviously not.